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Residential Design Awards

Every year, AIA Atlanta recognizes excellence in residential buildings designed by Georgia architects and firms. Submissions for the 2021 Residential Design Awards (RDA) are open to built projects located anywhere in the world.

Entries must be a commissioned project and the entrant must have held the primary design responsibility. Each project may be entered into only one category. The jury will confer prizes of the Honor Award (the highest recognition) and Merit Award.

Submissions are open to projects of many types and sizes, from mixed-use developments, senior housing, college dorms, and more.


  • Multifamily/Mixed-Use – 50 Units or Less
  • Multifamily/Mixed-Use – Over 50 Units
  • Renovations/Adaptive Reuse – Under 5,000 Sq Ft

  • Single-Family – Contemporary
  • Single-Family – Traditional

Key dates

Submissions open
August 3, 2021

Submissions close
October 8, 2021


Meet the Jury

Michael Abraham, AIA

Principal, Michael Abraham Architecture

Clarendon Hills, IL

Jimmy Amichandwala, AIA

Senior Project Manager, GGLO

Seattle, WA

Jaya Kader, AIA

Principal, KZ Architecture

Miami, FL

Joseph Herrin, AIA

Principal, Heliotrope Architects

Seattle, WA

John Murray, AIA

Principal, John B. Murray Architect, LLC

New York, NY

2020 Winners

The Charles

Lord Aeck Sargent

Honor Award, Mixed-use – Over 50 Units


Niles Bolton Associates

Merit Award, Mixed-use – Over 50 Units

The Ardyn Townhomes

Office of Design

Merit Award, Multifamily – Under 50 Units

Natural History

Historical Concepts

Honor Award, Single-family – Traditional

House in the Berkshires

Choate + Hertlein Architects

Honor Award, Single-family – Nontraditional


Square Feet Studio

Merit Award, Single-family – Nontraditional

Moccasin Creek Residence

Frances Zook Architect

Merit Award, Single-family – Nontraditional

More Mid Century

Axios Architecture

Honor Award, Renovations – Less Than 5,000 Sq Ft

Browse past award years:

2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015

How to Enter

Scroll below to find the registration form.

Submissions are open to residential projects completed between January 1, 2018, and October 1, 2021. Projects can be located anywhere in the world but must have been designed by an architect(s) registered in Georgia.

To be eligible, an entrant must:

  • Maintain a physical address in Georgia

  • Have been a registered architect in Georgia at the time of project construction

  • Have held the primary design responsibility, functioning as lead designer in cases of joint-venture teams

  • Recognize all firms and/or individuals involved in the design process

  • Submit a project not previously awarded in any previous RDA program

  • Not have used any unpaid labor in the past 10 years

Honor and Merit awards are evaluated by:

  • How well the architect frames, addresses, and solves the key problems unique to this project, such as site, materials, context, codes, and political
  • Notable elements of sustainability and energy efficiency
  • Creative design responses to the existing context, such as how the project fits into its immediate environment, both natural and built
  • Innovative approaches to use of materials, lighting, structural systems, or building skin technology
  • How the design accommodates a variety of lifestyles, such as aging in place or changing physical needs of the occupants
  • Overall design excellence

The deliberation process:

The jury is comprised of noted architecture professionals. The RDA committee or jury may make any interpretations necessary to carry out the intent of the awards, as well as move projects to a different category as deemed appropriate. Each entry is also judged for the success with which the entry has met its individual requirements. Entries are subject to disqualification at the discretion of the committee or jury. The decisions made by the jury are final. Finalists will be notified before the winners are announced.

Step 1

Register your project

We’ll collect your team and contact information. Then, after completing payment, you’ll be directed to the project submission form. This two-part process encourages fairness by hiding firms’ identities from the jury.

Step 2

Submit your project details and photos

Submissions must not include identification of authorship within the information requested below, or will result in automatic disqualification and forfeiture of any submitted fees.

You will input the following into the provided text fields:

  • Category
  • Project name

  • Project location

  • Completion date

  • Project synopsis (project and architectural concept; 250 words)

  • Sustainability components (200 words)

  • Project narrative (500 words)

  • Project owner

  • Client anonymity

  • Project team and credits

    • Civil engineer
    • MEP engineer
    • Structural engineer
    • Landscape architect
    • General contractor
    • Additional consultants

You will upload the following in the specified formats:

  • Signed statement on letterhead declaring no use of unpaid labor (PDF)

  • Diagrams and/or photographs (pdf, tif or jpg)

  • Signed photographer consent form(s) (PDF)


Photos should show each exterior facade and interior to illustrate the context, extent, and quality of the finished project. Entrants must credit the photographer for each photo, and obtain rights to allow for their use by AIA Atlanta.

Entrants may submit up to ten* photos for jury deliberation. The photos must be high-resolution at 300 dpi. Accepted file format: .jpg.

EXCLUDING floor and site plan diagrams, photo collages and text on photos are not permitted.

Additional photo requirements:

  1. One photograph must display the floor plan and sectional drawing of the project
  2. One photograph in landscape orientation must clearly show the project’s surroundings and context up to 200 feet on either side
  3. All photo file names must include the project name

*For the Renovations/Adaptive Reuse categories only: Projects involving changes to existing structures must include documentation of the original conditions. Upload at least one photo showing the original/before condition of the structure.

Download the consent form here >

AIA Unpaid Labor Resolution (2016) >

The content and wording of statements will vary but should be brief in acknowledging the Resolution and the firm’s compliance.

Register for RDA

Individuals and firms are encouraged to submit as many projects as they wish. However, a single project may be entered into only one category. After registering, you will gain access to a separate submission form.


AIA members (at least one on the project team)
$125 first entry

$250 first entry

Subsequent entries
$100 each

Fees are nonrefundable.

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Photo Credits

The Charles, Lord Aeck Sargent: Jonathan Hillyer

Vantage, Niles Bolton Associates: Halkin Mason

The Ardyn Townhomes, Office of Design: Eric Sun

Natural History, Historical Concepts: Eric Piasecki

House in the Berkshires, Choate + Hertlein Architects: Phillip Spears

Morningside, Square Feet Studio: Garey Gomez

Moccasin Creek Residence, Frances Zook Architect: David Christensen

More Mid Century, Axios Architecture: Steve Robinson